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Family Of Afghan Woman Mourns Devout Life Cut Short

March 27, 2015
The brutal mob killing in Kabul of a woman named Farkhunda has shocked Afghanistan. As thousands have taken to the streets to demand justice, her family and friends are mourning privately. RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan spoke to those who remember Farkhunda as a kind and pious young woman. More
2015
March 2015

Video The Daily Vertical: Putin's Cyber War At Home

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

Video Ukrainian Prisoners Abandoned By Their Guards

A prison in eastern Ukraine was abandoned by the guards when the area was captured by Russian-backed separatists, leaving the inmates to fend for themselves. Some took the opportunity to run away. But many others stayed – and are now baking bread for local people.

Video Flash Analysis: Saudi Air Strikes Bring New Player Into Yemen Conflict

What prompted Saudi Arabia's decision to get involved in the conflict in Yemen with air strikes targeting Huthi rebels? Mardo Soghom, RFE/RL's regional director for Iran and Iraq, says that Saudi Arabia sees Iran's growing influence in the region and fears losing control of oil routes.

Video The Daily Vertical: Bulldogs Under The Carpet

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

Video Whitewashing Russia's Gulag History

Perm-36 is a memorial museum to Soviet repressions on the site of the world's only preserved gulag camp. Local historians who founded the museum have been replaced at the helm by a state organization. The ousted historians now fear the change of management means Soviet crimes will be whitewashed.

Video British Farmer Embraces Russian Nationalism

John Kopiski came from Britain to Russia to do business, but after meeting his Russian wife he decided to stay. Now, after many struggles, he has established a successful farm business. He has also become a staunch fan of Vladimir Putin – and Stalin.

Video Report Exposes Extent Of Alleged Karimova Corruption

Gulnara Karimova, daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimov, may have raked in as much as $1 billion via bribery, extortion and exploiting her position - according to a report by the Sarajevo-based Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. RFE/RL spoke to the OCCRP's Miranda Patrucic.

Video The Daily Vertical: Putin's 'Fascist International'

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

Video Kyrygz Mercenary Describes Fighting Alongside Separatists In Ukraine

A Kyrgyz military reserve officer has told RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service about his seven months of service as a mercenary in the ranks of the Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. Manas Mambetov alleges Russian troops are increasingly replacing local and mercenary fighters in the region.

Video Staying Ukrainian In Crimea

Since Crimea's annexation from Ukraine a year ago, the vast majority of local residents have taken Russian citizenship. Those who chose to remain Ukrainian are grappling with a number of new difficulties. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)

Video Marriage Within Families Blamed In Tajik Birth Defects Cases

In parts of Tajikistan, marriage between cousins is common -- and doctors say that the custom leads to higher incidences of genetic abnormalities in those couples' children. RFE/RL's Tajik Service spoke to doctors and patients' relatives at a hospital in the Khatlon region.

Video Ukraine's War Widows

More than 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers and volunteers have died fighting pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine. Many left behind wives and children. Local charities are playing a key role in helping these families overcome financial hardship and coping with their loss. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video The Unknown Soldiers Of The Donbas

Hundreds of bodies are being buried in eastern Ukraine without being identified. On the separatist side, officials say they don't have the resources to cope with the sheer volume of bodies – which were found lining the corridors at the central morgue in Donetsk.

Video Crimea: One Year After Annexation

The Russian Federation annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea on March 21, 2014. The move, which went mostly unrecognized around the world, followed a Crimean referendum on joining Russia that was widely condemned as illegal. We look at the varying views on the past year's developments.

Video ‘Down Syndrome’ Slur Casts Spotlight On Prejudices

A banner at a recent protest by Russia’s pro-Kremlin “Anti-Maidan” movement plumbed new depths – with a play on words suggesting supporters of democracy had Down syndrome. The banner caused outrage among families and activists who have been working to change prejudices surrounding the condition.

Video Ukraine's Women Warriors

The conflict in Ukraine has seen fierce battles with thousands of casualties. The overwhelming majority of combatants are men -- but not all of them. Shahida Yakub from RFE/RL's Current Time (www.currenttime.tv) program profiles two women serving in uniform on opposing sides of the front lines.

Video The Daily Vertical: It's All About Kadyrov

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

Video The Daily Vertical: No Loose Ends

This weekend's detention of five suspects in the assassination of Boris Nemtsov looks suspiciously convenient for the Kremlin.

Video Tajik Nurse's Kidnap Ordeal

Gulrukhsor Rofieva took a job at a hospital in Yemen with the hope of saving money to buy a house in Tajikistan. Her dream turned into a nightmare when she was kidnapped by militants and held for ransom.

Video Recovering The Bodies In Donetsk

The battle for Donetsk airport was some of the fiercest in the Ukrainian war so far. After 242 days, the Ukrainian government forces retreated from the ruined terminal buildings at the end of January. Now, each day, bodies are recovered from the ruins.

Video Afghanistan's Women Prisons

A look at family life in Afghan prisons for female convicts, where children up to the age of seven live with mothers serving terms for crimes ranging from drug smuggling to adultery.

Video A New Front For Islamic State

The Ferghana Valley in Central Asia has for years been a hotbed for drugs, smuggling, and Islamic extremism. One of the most densely populated areas of the region, it has now become fertile ground for Islamic State militants.

Video Russian Nationalists Prepare For New Battles In Ukraine

Russia has repeatedly denied Western accusations its troops are in Ukraine, but it has admitted the presence of volunteers fighting on the side of separatists there. RFE/RL Current Time program gained rare access to two nationalist organizations in St Petersburg which have sent men to fight.

Video The Daily Vertical: Chaos Or Terror

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that will appear Monday through Friday. Viewers can submit suggested topics to address on Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

Video Nemtsov Latest In Long Line Of Victims

The killing of Boris Nemtsov has sparked sadness and anger. But many fear that -- as in other high-profile cases -- the people behind his murder will never be charged.

February 2015

Video 'A Gun In One Hand, A Pen In The Other'

In the wake of the Taliban massacre at a school in Peshawar, authorities in northwest Pakistan have given teachers permission to carry guns to school. Some teachers have balked at the new policy, warning that weapons in the classroom could have a negative psychological impact on their students.

Video Tajiks Revive Russian Village

The village of Perelogi, north of Moscow, was on the verge of dying out -- until Tajik families, fleeing civil war at home, started arriving in the 1990s.

Video A Costly Legacy For Sochi One Year After Olympics

The 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi cost tens of billions of dollars. But for those who live and work in the Black Sea resort, there are other, hidden costs. One year after the Games, migrant laborers are still fighting for the back wages, as residents take stock of the damage.

Video 'Many Died, Many Were Wounded' In Debaltseve

Ukrainian military forces have retreated from the town of Debaltseve, which has been under siege by pro-Russian separatists. Correspondent Levko Stek of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service spoke to the soldiers outside Debaltseve after they left the town in the control of rebel fighters.

Video Ukraine's Maidan Massacre

A look at the events of February 18-21, 2014, when antigovernment protests in central Kyiv descended into deadly violence.

Video From Street Urchin To Movie Star

Fawad Mohammadi has had an incredible life: plucked from the obscurity of selling maps on the streets of Kabul to star in an Oscar-nominated movie, his life also inspired a British novelist. He is now studying at one of Kabul's top schools -- his days as a street child long behind him.

Video Panning For Kyrgyz Gold

To supplement his wages, Kyrgyz teacher Murat Duisheev braves sub-zero temperatures in his spare time to pan for gold in a nearby river.

Video The Daily Vertical: Will Ukraine Be Bosniafied?

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that will appear Monday through Friday. Viewers can submit suggested topics to address on Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

Video As Chinese Investment Grows, Tajik Students Hurry To Learn The Language

At Tajik universities, Chinese courses are filled to the limit with students eager to learn the language of their powerful neighbor. Many are hoping that growing Chinese investment in Tajikistan will mean new job opportunities in a struggling economy. (Barotali Nazarov, RFE/RL's Tajik Service)

Video The Daily Vertical: A Critical Week

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that will appear Monday through Friday. Viewers can submit suggested topics to address on Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

Video Kosovar Migrants, Fleeing Poverty, Stream Into Hungary

Border towns in southern Hungary have seen a dramatic rise in the number of migrants illegally crossing into the EU state from neighboring Serbia, which recently eased its travel restrictions. The majority of the migrants are Kosovars, who are escaping from poverty and mass unemployment back home.

Video Ukrainian IDPs Recall The Horrors Of War

People fleeing the fighting in eastern Ukraine recalled what they had gone through, after arriving at government-controlled Slovyansk railway station. In interviews filmed on the station platform on February 2, IDPs spoke of fear, lack of sleep, and constant firing. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video In Pakistani Schools, Jihad Is Back

Officials in northwest Pakistan have revised school textbooks to make them more Islamic -- no unveiled women, references to world historical figures replaced with prominent Muslims, and Koranic verses about jihad.

Video Injured Separatists Find Unofficial Refuge In Russia

The majority of injured separatist fighters from eastern Ukraine are treated in Russia. But their treatment is not always organized officially. In the border regions of Russia, there are informal clinics and rehabilitation centers organized by the separatists.

Video Ukrainian Civilians Flee Battle-Scarred Town

Ukrainian forces are helping civilians flee the town of Debaltseve, which has been hit by heavy shelling amid ongoing clashes. Servicemen also brought in bread supplies for residents who are unable or unwilling to leave.

Video As Fighting Rages, Ukrainian Civilians Grow Desperate

The town of Debaltseve has been caught in the crossfire between Ukrainian military forces and separatist fighters for more than two weeks. Many residents have fled, and those who remain are struggling to survive as food supplies dwindle and the fighting draws closer.

Video A 'City Of Ghosts' In Eastern Ukraine

Avdiyivka, just north of Donetsk, has been shelled by both sides of the conflict between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists. There are no soldiers in the town, and many inhabitants have also left.

January 2015

Video Civilians In Separatist-Held Areas ‘Under Fire Daily’

In recent days, Russian-backed separatists have been advancing in eastern Ukraine. As fighting with Ukrainian forces intensifies, indiscriminate shelling has caused dozens of civilian casualties, as well as damaging homes and other property.

Video Ukrainian Veteran Recalls Liberation Of Auschwitz

Mykola Karpenko was just 17 when he was drafted into the Soviet Army from his village in Ukraine. His unit was among those that freed the prisoners of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland on January 27, 1945. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Saved By A Mistake In The Paperwork - An Auschwitz Survivor's Story

Dagmar Lieblova was 14 when she arrived at Auschwitz in December 1943, along with her entire Czech Jewish family. All of them were to die there, but she was able to leave after several months due to a bureaucratic mix-up which saved her life.

Video 'They Told Us To Wage Jihad Against Kabul'

Afghan authorities have recently captured a number of young men who were apparently planning to carry out suicide bombings. The National Directorate of Security (NDS), the country's spy agency, presented several thwarted bombers to the media in Kabul.

Video Kazakh Winter - One Family's Struggle

Winter in Kazakhstan can be harsh – especially without heating. Sholpan Saymova’s family home was declared to be in an "emergency condition” in 2010 – but the repairs led to a nightmare that left them at turns freezing cold, hospitalized, and battling local bureaucracy.

Video New Cases Of Mystery Symptoms, And No Relocation Help, For Kazakh Villagers

Twelve children in the western Kazakh village of Berezovka suddenly collapsed or fell ill on January 21. They are only the latest of some 100 cases of the mysterious illness in recent months.

Video Iran's Old Ties To Afghanistan Pave The Way For New Influence

With the end of NATO's combat mission in Afghanistan, Iran has been tightening its grip on the western part of the country. Nowhere is the Islamic republic’s influence more visible than in the city of Herat, which has deep historical ties to Iran.

Video Vox Pops: Germans Against 'Islamization' -- And Against Xenophobia

Some 25,000 people marched in Dresden on January 12 to protest against what they called the “Islamization” of Germany. Now a weekly event, the protest gained additional participants in the wake of last week's terror attacks in Paris.

Video Dresden Divisions Deepen Amid Record Numbers At ‘Anti-Islamization’ Rally (RFE/RL)

Bitter divisions are deepening in the German city of Dresden following another night of mass demonstrations. German police say 25,000 people took to the streets to protest against what they call the “Islamization” of Germany – the highest number yet.

Video A Long Showdown In The Ruins Of The Donetsk Airport

In the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the international airport is on the front lines of the separatist conflict. Government troops and pro-Russian separatists have each taken up positions in the destroyed airport buildings and are fighting for control of the strategic site.

Video A Family Copes With Tragedy In Wartorn Donetsk

In December, a family in eastern Ukraine was torn apart by conflict. Baby Nika and her brother Vitya lost their mother and their home in a shell attack. The children's aunt is now taking care of them and her own young children as they struggle to put their lives back together.

Video A Nighttime Supply Run To Donetsk Airport, Under Fire

For months, the airport in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, has been the scene of heavy fighting between Ukrainian troops and separatist rebels. RFE/RL Ukrainian Service correspondents joined a late-night supply run bringing gasoline and other essentials to the fighters at the airport.

Video Tangling With IS Recruiters In Russia

The cautionary tale of one young ethnic Uzbek migrant worker from Kyrgyzstan.

Video From A Monastery To A Paramilitary Unit In Ukraine

Ivan, a novice monk, was inspired by the experiences of wounded fighters to leave the safety of his monastery and join a volunteer paramilitary battalion in Ukraine's Donetsk region. Now training with his unit for potential combat, Ivan believes the church stands behind his decision.

Video Ukraine's Year Of Turmoil Through The Lens Of Levko Stek

It was the most tumultuous year in Ukraine's history since World War II, and Levko Stek of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service followed it with his camera every step of the way. From the squares of Kyiv, to the seizing of Crimea, and the war that followed in Donbas, Stek was everywhere.

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